Chiropractic treatment doesn’t just ease a dodgy back; it helps with poor posture, neck problems and even migraines. Here, we set you (quite literally) straight on what a chiropractor can do for you and where to find one in Hong Kong.
Whether it’s from too much Zumba or too much Zoom, it’s common for your perfectly poised posture to suddenly turn into a painful crooked mess. But when the likes of back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain and neck pain strike, where do you turn? While your couch full of ache-reducing cushions or favourite oily massage treatment may feel like the solution, a chiropractor who deals with problems of the bones, joints and muscles might be a more sensible call. But are they all they’re cracked up to be? Read on to find out.
What is chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is a practice that focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system with a specialist interest in neck and back pain. So, if you’re in pain due to an accident, illness, poor posture, sport, or just having a few too many birthdays under your belt, chiropractic treatment can help release the pressure on the nerves in your spine that are causing you discomfort. And that’s not all. Chiropractic techniques can also help to prevent migraines and treat headaches caused by neck problems. For a list of conditions chiropractors can assist with, see here.
What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors diagnose, treat and manage your discomfort by using a range of techniques to reduce soreness, improve function and increase mobility. Hands-on manipulation of the spine is the most popular. (Think a back massage without the relaxing bits.) Not just nimble-fingered wizards, when chiropractors assess patients, they also take your physical and emotional wellbeing into account and offer advice on exercises and lifestyle changes.
Does chiropratic care involve any risks?
Chiropractic is very safe when performed correctly by a trained and registered professional. Some people report temporary aches and pains or stiffness post-treatment; this is nothing to be alarmed about and passes quickly. A pre-existing medical condition may increase certain risks. That’s why it’s important to comply when your chiropractor takes your medical history prior to treatment.
What can I expect from a chiropractic session?
Treatment mainly involves safe, specific spinal manipulation to free up joints in the spine or other areas of the body that aren’t playing ball. Apart from manual manipulation, chiropractors may use other methods to help you get back on track. These might include dry-needling, ultrasound, exercise, heat therapy and more.
The good news is that these approaches are usually painless unless the area causing you trouble is swollen. The most you may hear is a clicking or popping sound, which is perfectly normal. Generally, people keep their clothes on during chiropractic treatment, but if you have to strip off, you’ll be informed and provided with a gown. If you’re uncomfortable undressing, explain this to your chiropractor before your first treatment. They can advise on suitable attire to wear.
How do I find a good chiropractor in Hong Kong? How much will it cost?
Your first step is to check that your chiropractor is legitimate. There are currently around 300 chiropractors in Hong Kong who are overseen and verified by the Chiropractors Council; you can find a comprehensive list of registered HK professionals here.
Costs vary: the Hong Kong Chiropractors Association states that the average treatment fee is about HK$350 to $500. But other sources suggest consultations in premium locations can go up to HK$1,600.
How long will my chiropractic treatment plan last?
Your chiropractor will devise a care plan that may take place one or more times per week. Most patients without any complex conditions see improvements within a few weeks. But if you’re still as stiff as a board, your chiropractor should be suggesting other care options or referring you to another healthcare professional. Seek a second opinion if your chiropractor recommends a lengthy three, six- or twelve-month plan after just a few visits.
This article was independently written by Expat Living and is not sponsored – it is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, so should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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